When the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, hot chocolate is one of the best ways to warm up! These boozy hot chocolate recipes use sweet ingredients; some are more sophisticated than others.
Whether you’re looking for a sugary treat or a subtly sweet cocktail, there’s something for you on this list.
While adding liquor to hot chocolate is a popular way to enjoy the drink, there are wine and beer options too! There’s even a frozen drink to satisfy your cocoa cravings when the weather is warm.
Check out these recipes for hot chocolate cocktail inspiration.
The Kahlua Hot Chocolate cocktail incorporates the
coffee liquor into a hot chocolate recipe that deviates from the standard by adding spices.
These spices meld well with the Kahlua, creating a rich blend that’s not overly sweet.
Garnish adds more sugar to the drink, calling for mini marshmallows that I usually skip unless I’m craving extra sweetness.
semisweet chocolate is the base of the Red Wine Hot Chocolate, creating a decadent drink.
Red wine adds a boozy element. Pick
a dry red wine for the best results. I recommend a merlot since the flavor enhances the richer notes in the chocolate.
Add or skip the sugar to sweeten this cocktail to your preference.
Stout Beer Hot Chocolate with Ice Cream incorporates carefully warmed beer with homemade hot cocoa using flavorful dark chocolate.
Choose a chocolate stout to add even more rich elements. This recipe yields two servings, creating the perfect nightcap and dessert for two when served over vanilla ice cream.
I love this drink as a date night treat!
For me, part of getting comfortable is being able to relax, and Cozy Caramel Boozy Hot Chocolate helps you do that, not only with a warming recipe but also one that is easy to follow.
Start with a standard hot chocolate mix as prepared per the instructions. Add salted caramel liqueur and Kahlua, garnish, and enjoy!
Another excellent example of boozy hot chocolate recipes, Boozy Peppermint Hot Chocolate, is easy to make!
Use a hot chocolate mix for the base and your favorite peppermint vodka.
This drink is one of my favorite options for holiday parties since it’s easy and comes with festive garnishes like marshmallows and candy cane.
What I like most about this recipe is that it only uses two ingredients to make before taking garnishes into consideration.
Tito’s Hot Chocolate adds the Austin vodka brand’s signature spirit to regular hot cocoa, giving the sweet drink a kick!
Garnish these cocktails with whipped cream and a sprig of mint for color.
While many creations featuring white chocolate can become too sugary, this cocktail perfectly balances sweetness and spice.
I love the subtle heat from ginger and cardamom in the Boozy White Hot Chocolate. Plus, the drink is customizable, calling for rum or
your favorite liquor.
Top with marshmallows to create an attractive and delicious cocktail.
Many people are fans of adding Bailey’s to coffee, which also makes a great addition to hot cocoa.
For this recipe, you’ll make your hot chocolate so you can choose between bittersweet and semisweet chocolate. I like to use bittersweet since Irish cream adds its sweetness.
Try the Baileys Hot Chocolate for a drink as sugary as you want it to be.
Amaretto Hot Chocolate provides a balance of different flavors notes in this cocktail.
Start by making rich or sweet cocoa to your preference; a small amount of vanilla extract contrasts the chocolate taste.
My favorite addition is salt! This flavor enhances
the nutty amaretto making it stand out in this drink.
Like the last drink, this cocktail is one of the boozy hot chocolate recipes with a rich nutty flavor.
Peanut butter added to the hot chocolate base makes the Boozy Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate a decadent treat with a creamy mouthfeel.
If you skip the Creme de Cacao, this makes a delicious shareable drink perfect for any occasion.
You could also
use peanut butter whiskey for PB flavor!
I love spicy Mexican hot cocoa, so this is one of my favorite cocktails on the list!
Cayenne and cinnamon bring the heat, contrasting the chocolate and sweetness from the sugar. A pinch of salt helps give the drink balance.
your choice of silver tequila, and your Tequila Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate is ready to serve!
This drink is the best boozy hot chocolate recipe if a craving hits while the weather is still warm.
You’ll make it in a blender, combining ice, milk, and hot cocoa mix to form a rich, creamy, and cold base.
Vanilla vodka adds the kick to the Frozen Boozy Hot Chocolate. One of my favorite aspects of the drink is the cookie garnish!
This Maple Bourbon Hot Chocolate recipe combines classic flavor pairings into one delicious cocktail.
Bourbon and maple, as well as chocolate and orange, are prevalent tastes in this drink.
For me, these profiles make this boozy hot chocolate craveable. Add a pinch of salt and top with whipped cream to finish this cocktail.
The Bourbon Gingerbread Hot Chocolate is another of my favorite boozy hot chocolate recipes.
This cocktail contains all the spices you’d find in a gingerbread cookie! Expect spicy notes from nutmeg and ginger, balanced by flavorful molasses.
your favorite bourbon to create a tasty hot chocolate with a kick.
A Boozy Andes Hot Chocolate adds richness by melting Andes chocolates into premade hot cocoa mix, adding a light minty taste.
The boozy bit comes from peppermint schnapps, adding more flavor to the mixture.
This recipe provides one of my favorite ways to enjoy the classic holiday favorite chocolates!
Use your favorite Irish cream liqueur to create the tasty Irish Hot Chocolate featured in this recipe.
I love the homemade hot chocolate called for in this cocktail. It’s particularly rich since it calls for whole milk.
Once the cocoa is ready, add the liqueur and garnish with whipped cream!
Enjoy these boozy hot chocolate recipes all winter long! If you’re looking for less decadent cocktails but want to stay warm, check out
other popular hot cocktails!
1. Choose your favorite recipe.
2. Gather the necessary ingredients. 3. Prep and cook your recipe. 4. Enjoy!